Your Power to Choose the Light

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Namaste,

As soft snow falls outside my window, festive lighting dresses a greater number of homes, buildings and evergreens around the world. The seasonal decorations bring colour and cheer to the darker days. With the sun further from the Earth and the days now short, December is traditionally a time where we focus on light. Inspired by this luminous theme, we at Parvati.org have launched our #unitebylight campaign.

Thank you to all those who have created wonderful videos for the cause! You have boosted the message of light and peace across the world! Here are some of the videos we have received so far.

You can create a video of your own and shine light into the world, right now, for the #unitebylight campaign. There is no need to wait to be nominated. It is easy! Here is how:

  • Sign the petition and optionally make a donation
  • Create a short video of yourself lighting a peace candle, while nominating at least three friends who will do the same and spread the word
  • Share your video on social media with the hashtags #unitebylight and #signMAPS – making sure you choose the “public” setting, so it can be seen by all

“My name is [name] from [country]. I’ve signed the MAPS petition and made a donation to Parvati.org. I’m lighting a candle of peace for the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. I nominate [name, name and name] to do the same. Let’s send the message of light and peace to the world.”

Lighting a candle is a simple and beautiful gesture that speaks to the power we each have to make a choice. Yes, in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are darker now, but we can light a candle and bring light into our homes and hearts and into those of others.

We may convince ourselves that we don’t have a choice in a given situation. We may feel, for example, that we need to stay in a job or a relationship that feels empty and unfulfilling, because we feel we have no other options. But not doing anything about feeling unhappy is a choice in itself.

No matter where we are, or what we are doing, we do have the choice in how we react to what life brings. The idea of having choice can feel uncomfortable if we are attached to feeling like a victim. But life is never happening to us. Everything life brings our way is the result of choices we have made in the past, our previous karmic tendencies. What we think and believe affects how we perceive them, which determines how we act in response, which in turn creates the trajectory of our lives.

Our state of awareness is in constant co-creation with the moment, which manifests our experience of being alive. When we perceive that life is happening to us, we limit our field of awareness. When we believe that our source of power is outside of us, we give away our ability to make choices.

But when we understand that we are in constant co-creation with life, that whatever life brings is grace, even if we find it uncomfortable, we become receptive to this moment as it is. We awaken to greater possibilities. We move beyond limiting beliefs and habits, and begin to make choices that support the light of our nature.

When we first wish to make healthy decisions, most of us are motivated by our own personal desire for happiness. But as we evolve spiritually, we begin to see that there is no such thing as a singular decision. Not only does everything we choose affect all moving parts in our own lives, but it affects everything within which we are a part: this living universe!

We make millions of choices every day. Some are far more conscious than others. This week, take a moment before you make a particularly important decision and see if you can feel yourself to be part of a much greater whole. Every choice you make must feel rooted, vital and expansive in order for it to be in harmony with nature, to serve your highest good, and the greater good of all.

If you feel so moved, please join us in sending the message of peace and light to the world by choosing to participate in the Parvati.org #unitebylight campaign. Let your light shine!

Until next week,

Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family

Namaste,
Parvati

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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I am light!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (gate gate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light
I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light

I am light!

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